RP FROM DISUNITY, POVERTY - VP NOLI
12 June 2006
VICE President Noli
Kabayan De Castro urged Filipinos to
unite and celebrate the many forms of freedom they gained since the
of Philippine Independence more than a century ago.
President Noli "Kabayan" De Castro
leads the flag raising ceremony at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit,
Cavite, in commemoration of the 108th Anniversary of Philippine
Independence. Also in photo is Cavite
Gov. Erineo “Ayong” Maliksi. (OVP photo by Egay Montana)
Speaking during the
celebration of the 108th Anniversary of
Philippine Independence in Kawit, Cavite
yesterday, De Castro said the country
has moved forward with the help of democracy.
However, De Castro said
that full development is being
hampered by disunity among the people. De Castro noted that Filipinos
reap more benefits from the sacrifices of our national heroes if
conflict among them would stop. We already have a lot of gains since we
declared ourselves as an independent nation but what we have not
ourselves from is the fact that there are still Filipinos fighting
De Castro said.
De Castro noted that the
fight for freedom continues.
“We need to remain
vigilant in safeguarding our freedom
especially from forces who are only after their interests. Ang totoong
ng Pilipino ay ang kahirapan, kawalan ng pagasa, kawalan ng pakialam at
malasakit sa bayan.”
Despite these, De Castro
said the government has managed to
bring more positive developments in the country.
“We have successfully
fight for freedom and the threats to democracy. We have pursued
under economic and political institutions anchored on sound democratic
He cited the country’s accomplishments
such as --the increased GDP by 5.1%, narrowing of the fiscal deficit,
sustainable revenues from the expanded value-added tax and prudent government
spending, a more dynamic stock market, and an “under- control” inflation. All
these led to a positive outlook of international rating agencies and helped
cushioning us to the oil price increase; gave the country a stable market, low
interest rate regime, and not to mention last year’s accomplishment of our peso
as the best performing currency in Asia.
De Castro also cited the present
administration’s relentless effort to provide the basic needs of the people
particularly in the field of housing.
Moreover, the Vice President pointed out
that the biggest challenge remains to be poverty, saying, “Umunlad tayo sa
ilalim ng demokrasya. Subalit dapat siguruhin din na merong demokrasya ang
pagunlad. Dapat makarating sa taongbayan ang epekto ng malakas na ekonomiya at
positibong economic figures.”